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Lower Narracott Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Exbourne, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8105 / 50°48'37"N

Longitude: -3.9841 / 3°59'2"W

OS Eastings: 260308

OS Northings: 103096

OS Grid: SS603030

Mapcode National: GBR KV.Y6HQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 26JY.KPW

Plus Code: 9C2RR268+69

Entry Name: Lower Narracott Cottage

Listing Date: 29 October 2001

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1246207

English Heritage Legacy ID: 487431

Location: Exbourne, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Exbourne

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Exbourne St Mary Blessed Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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1540/0/10010 Lower Narracott Cottage


House, formerly a farmhouse. Circa late C15; remodelled C17. Plastered cob. Thatched roof, clad in corrugated-iron sheets. Stone rubble axial stack with brick shaft.
PLAN: 2-room and through-passage plan facing south, the lower end to the left [W]; originally open to the roof from end-to-end and heated by an open hearth fire and probably divided by low partitions. In about the C17 the house had floors inserted and an axial stack was built at the low end of the hall backing onto the through-passage. The unheated low end of the house was later divided axially forming two service rooms. In the C18 or early in the C19 a large outbuilding was built onto the lower left [W] end.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3-window south front with small C19 2-light casements without glazing bars and doorway to left of centre with plank door. Rear [N] doorway to right of centre with altered original doorframe, C20 porch and window to left and right. Outbuilding at west end, plastered cob and stone rubble walls and slate hipped roof.
INTERIOR: Remains of plank-and-muntin screen and had beam on low side of passage with arched doorframe and similar arched doorframe on opposite side of passage. Unheated low end room has chamfered cross-beam and later axial partition. Hall fireplace has roughly chamfered timber bressumer with hollow step stop at one end; C20 arched fireplace built into earlier fireplace. Inserted hall floor supported on roughly hewn closely-spaced joists, the ends carried on beam against end wall which is supported on timber post. The head of the hall's front window is above inserted floor level and has splayed reveals and curved infilling at base; similar at rear of hall. Straight staircase at back of hall with C18 plank side. Chambers ceiled, but trusses visible; side-pegged jointed cruck truss over hall, cruck truss with mutilated blade and straight principals set on wall-plate at low end. The roof structure has threaded purlins, a diagonally-set ridgepiece, a small hip-cruck at the low end and thatching battens, all smoke-blackened. The original thatch, at least over the low end, is not blackened. Plank doors. The outbuilding has a C19 4-bay roof with tie-beam trusses and a stone set floor.
Lower Narracott is a good example of a small late Medieval Devon house, originally open to the roof from end to end and heated by an open hearth fire.

Listing NGR: SS6032303082

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